2 Washington hospitals named spinal fusion Centers of Excellence: 3 insights

Shayna Korol -   Print  |

The Washington State Health Care Authority designated Olympia, Wash.-based Capital Medical Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle as Centers of Excellence for spinal fusion bundled episodes of care, according to State of Reform.

Here are three things to know:

1. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, members enrolled in the Public Employees Benefits Board Program's Uniform Medical Plan Classic and UMP Consumer-Directed Health Plan will be able to choose the Centers of Excellence Program for spinal fusion evaluation and surgery. The program also includes a travel and lodging benefit for eligible expenses.

2. HCA chose Capital Medical Center and Virginia Mason after a bidding process, which involved demonstrating high-quality spinal fusion outcomes.

3. The effort is part of HCA's Healthier Washington initiative.

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